MHS math camp helps keep skills fresh for new school year

By Katie Duell, Cody Easton, Cheyenne McNeely and Audrey Webster

Camping and vacations are the summer norm, but some students choose to expand their knowledge by attending the math camp now offered by Marshfield High School.

With funding from a University of Oregon grant, MHS was able to offer math camp to students seeking extra help in mathematics. The program began on July 2 and will continue until Aug. 9.

“I don’t know how they chose Coos Bay but they gave us a grant to be the first school to try a camp like this,” eighth grade teacher Megan Free said.

Math camp, on average, sees 25 to 30 students per day. According to MHS math teacher Tim Wall, the camp is a good way for students to keep their math skills up and keep it fresh in their mind for school. For students such as sophomore Maggie Button, the camp teaches how to be successful in the coming years of high school.

“I have learned that I need to pay attention more in class and asking questions isn’t bad,” Button said.

Throughout the day, students pass through three different classes spending an hour in each section, which offer different outlooks on math to help students attain the proper skills needed.

One of the classes students attend is a physical activity class taught by PE teacher Angie Kemp. Here students analyze data from activities such as basketball and frisbee.  For students attending the camp, combining the physical activity aspect with learning new types of math makes camp more enjoyable.

“My favorite part is the athletic part where you need math to help you in drills,” sophomore Timmy Wilder said.

Free teaches the computer-based program Assessments and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) which is a self-paced math program. Students participate in traditional hands-on assignments and practice problems online.

 MHS math teacher Joe Walker and science teacher Jonathan Hill lead the applied math portion of the camp. This teaches students how to use different methods to solve math problems without use of a computer and focuses on every day, practical problems.

MHS math teachers Tammie Montiel  and Catherine Thompson also stepped in during the camp to provide necessary assistance to help the students in attendance be successful in the coming school year.

“During the summer kids lose so much,” Free said. “Learning new topics keeps their minds fresh.”